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Belmonte: Law increasing gov't workers' wage will be delayed

Posted at 12/17/15 12:51 AM

MANILA - House Speaker Sonny Belmonte said Wednesday that the increase in government workers' salaries that should begin on January 1, 2016 will be delayed.
House Speaker Sonny Belmonte
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According to Belmonte, the Senate introduced last-minute changes to its version of the proposed Salary Standardization Law of 2015.
"We're (Lower House) 100% through with SSL but the Senate changed certain portions of SSL," Belmonte said.

The last-minute changed required the creation of a bicameral committee to reconcile the two versions of the two chambers.

The House created a bicameral panel Tuesday evening.

"They (Senate) have re-voted on it on second reading. They need third reading. Matutuloy 'yun but 'di tonight, unless the President will certify it (as urgent)," Belmonte explained.

Despite the delay in the passage of the SSL, Belmonte assured that if the law is passed in the middle of January 2016, the increase in government workers' wage may still be made retroactive to the start of the year.

"For sure, it will happen. For sure, even if we approve it on January, more or less, the middle of January, (it) can still be made effective as of January 1, 2016," the House Speaker assured.

SOURCE: ABS-CBN NEWS

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